With so many things to see and do, including some of the most spectacular nature, it’s no wonder that Tulum is becoming one of Mexico’s hottest travel destinations. Here’s a list of 10 things to do to make sure you maximize your time in this tropical paradise!
1. Explore the cenotes
Some of the most beautiful sites to see in Tulum are the unlimited nearby cenotes- deep underground natural water filled sinkholes surrounded by limestone caves and caverns. The cenotes are most definitely something that needs to be on your itinerary when visiting Tulum!
2. Visit the Ruins
Tulum is known to be an energy vortex and the best way to experience the magical energy of the Mayan culture is to visit the ruins. Whether you explore the nearby Tulum Ruins, the Mayan Ruins of Muyil, or take a road trip to visit Chichen Itza- one of the wonders of the world, the opportunities to get a glimpse of the magic that is the Mayan history are endless!
3. Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.3 million acre UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers endless natural beauty to explore and discover. Take a day trip to visit the park either on your own or with a guide. You can also visit the Muyil River located in Sian Ka’an for a fun day of boating and floating down ancient Mayan river canals. Get there early and save some time to visit the Muyil Archaeological Ruins and park while you are there!
4. Wander and Explore
Whether it be by bike, ATV or rental car, be sure to explore the area outside of your hotel. Check out the main town strip for some great local market shopping and endless authentic restaurants and coffee shops.
5. Have Some Photo Fun!
Tulum is a known destination for some of the most Instagramable spots in the world, so love it or hate it, have some fun with it and be sure to get some great shots. Everything in Tulum is a vibe…so wander and explore all the beautiful spots to see!
6. Indulge in the Food
Tulum is a foodie’s paradise! Whether you are eating local 50 cent tacos, or fresh seafood on the beach, the food options are incredible. For some of the most delicious inexpensive and authentic Mexican tacos check out Antojitos in the main town as well as Yum Street Food Taco Place El Tio – a little food truck next to the Oxxo on the main road. If you’re looking for a fancier meal and great atmosphere, have dinner at Kin Toh at Azulik where you’ll find the ultimate tree house restaurant experience.
7. Take a snorkel or fishing trip!
One of my favorite days in Tulum was when we went snorkeling and my friends went spearfishing. The water in Tulum is pure magic- so be sure to jump in and experience it! Freshly made ceviche and views of the ruins from a different angle were some of the many highlights!
8. Embrace your spiritual side!
Tulum is a known hot spot for all things wellness. So while you’re there be sure to take a yoga class, join a meditation or sound bath, get a healing spa treatment or try out a temazcal. The options for all things spiritual are unlimited so be sure to leave some time for it…your soul will most definitely thank you!
9. Stay in an Eco Friendly Resort
Tulum is known for it’s eco beach resorts, and one of the most eco friendly and sustainable properties on the beach strip is Olas Tulum. This intimate eight-suite boutique retreat villa is tucked away on the most private stretch of the beach. If you are looking for a little slice of heaven with authentic and original Tulum vibes, then this is the spot for you! Located on the beautiful southern stretch of Tulum beach, just next to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, this is also the only property that operates 100% sustainably on the entire beach.
10. Don’t Forget to Leave Time to Relax…
Last but not least and most importantly, take some me-time and enjoy the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches that surround you! Although Tulum is quickly gaining popularity and becoming busier and busier with things to do, don’t forget to embrace the simplicity of the nature that made this destination so special to begin with!
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***Disclaimer: Special thanks to Olas Tulum for hosting me on this stay. All opinions are my own.